Mediaite serves as a hub for journalists

By NICKY DIAZ

It seems like “Good Morning America” legal analyst Dan Abrams can do it all. Not only is he a substitute anchor for the network in addition to his responsibilities as legal analyst, but he is also a best-selling author and web entrepreneur.

One of his most recent ventures, Mediaite, has taken off quickly. The blog, which focuses on news and opinions, attracts an average of 1.3 million unique visitors every month just three years after its launch. Visitors can read articles on almost any topic, ranging from the latest drama with Kris Jenner to what’s going on with the presidential election.

Sure, you can find this news almost anywhere else online. But what makes Mediaite stand out is the way it acts as a forum for journalists. The site’s Power Grid section ranks more than 1,500 media professionals, including magazine editors, TV hosts columnists and media moguls. The rankings are based on factors like TV viewership and Twitter followers.

Moreover, many of the stories on the site focus on what’s going on in the media industry; for example, a recent post on the site discusses a New York Times piece on the Romney campaign that was published online then “altered drastically with no explanation.” The site’s writers also offer their opinions about print, online and broadcast media. It’s useful as a journalist to stay updated with the inner-workings of other media outlets, especially when it’s a medium like The New York Times. Plus, it’s another great way to access news about what’s going on in the world.

Another cool aspect of the site is its collection of sub-blogs like The Mary Sue, Sports Grid, Styleite, Geekosystem, Gossip Cop, The Jane Dough and The Braiser. Readers can find stories about technology, fashion and video games by browsing through these blogs.

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